Haiti in history
Time: 10:30 - 16:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HAH06
Duration: 1 session
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What is the course about?
This weekend workshop will provide you with a basic, general overview of Haiti’s history since independence. Our topics will include the demands made by France for reparations; tensions and conflicts with France, the Dominican Republic and the USA; the cult of personality of François ‘Papa Doc’ Duvalier and his son ‘Baby Doc’; and the turbulent politics of the post-Duvalier era. We will explore religion, folklore and the uses and abuses of voudou; the impact of natural disasters on the economy and social stability; and the challenges still faced by Haitians in public health and education services on the island.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- 1791-1804 The Haitian Revolution & its aftermath
- 1821–1844 The Unification of Hispaniola
- 1800s-1947 Haiti in the post revolution era - the economy and ‘reparations’ to France
- 1915-1934 Haitian-US relations
- 1937 The Dominican Republic & the Parsley Massacre
- 1954-1986 Cults of Personality: The dictatorships of François ‘Papa Doc’ Duvalier and Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier
- 1986-2021 Politics in the post- Duvalier era
- Folklore, religion & the uses and abuses of Voudou in politics, culture and society
- The impact of natural disasters on Haiti’s economy and society.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Evaluate the significance of the Haitian Revolution for global history
- Explain the significance of the impact of reparations to France on Haiti’s economy
- Assess the reasons for the Unification of Hispaniola
- Explain the impact of the political policies of the USA and Dominican Republic on Haiti
- Evaluate the impact on Haiti of the dictatorships of François “Papa Doc” Duvalier and Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier
- Explain the ways in which voudou has been ‘weaponized’ in Haitian politics and the role played by different religions in society
- Assess the ways in which environmental factors have impacted on Haiti’s economy and the island’s social stability.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and no prior knowledge is required. An open mind and willingness to contribute to discussions and debates is all that is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught via an interactive lecture, class discussions and debates.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. Please bring a pen and notepad, or digital equivalents, if you wish to make notes.
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